DIY Aromatherapy Rice Pack with Essential Oils
Natural heat safe fabric – cotton is great (you will need roughly a 12×20 piece. A fat quarter is great for this project and fun to pick out with the kids)
Sewing machine (not absolutely necessary but it will making things a LOT faster)
6ish cups of Rice (I use plain white uncooked)
Essential oils —-> Here are the only therapeutic grade oils we trust and use.
Cut fabric into a 12×20 inch rectangle. (this size fits adult shoulders but you can make your bag into any size, the pictures show a different size as my son and I did this project together).
Fold fabric with right sides together. You will now have a rectangle that is 6×20.
Sew fabric down one short side, along the long side, and down just part of the remaining short side. Leave a small opening so that you can turn fabric right side out and fill with rice. (see photo)
Turn fabric right side out. You can also iron the fabric at this time if you would like but I don’t bother as wrinkles will disappear as you heat up the rice bag.
In a bowl, combine rice with your essential oil option. Mix well. I found many sites saying to let the rice absorb the scents (particularly essential oils) for one day before filling the rice bag but odds are you can also fill immediately with no problems. I’ve done both just fine. The only issue I’ve ever had is that I end up with more on me and wasted if I don’t let it absorb first. You can also open up tea bags to add to the rice and absorb the oils. Peppermint and lavender are our favorite.
Insert a funnel (or paper funnel) into fabric bag and start filling the bag with rice. Fill bag halfway with rice. I’ve found that you need about 6 cups of rice for this size rice bag. For larger bags like in the pictures I will divide the rice in thirds and sew it into sections so that it stays in place better. This is a personal preference and depends on how much rice you put in and the size and shape of the bag.
Once your bag is half full with rice, remove funnel. Fold the raw edges of the “hole” so that it lines up with the sewn edge. This looks best if you sew by hand so that seams are hidden but I’ve been known to just run it under the sewing machine for a quicker method which is what I did in the pictures because I was doing this as a project with my son. The bag is FAR from perfect. I like gifts to looks a bit prettier.
You’re all done!
Heat rice bag in microwave for 2-3 minutes flipping over half way (for this size. Smaller size bags will need less time.)
No microwave? No problem! I’ve also heard you can heat up a rice bag in the oven at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes but make sure to check on the bag often.
Place in the freezer till cold and use as an cool pack.